Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

With a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Indiana University Columbus, you will play a critical role in meeting current and future health needs in your community.

You will receive a comprehensive academic foundation in the sciences and humanities that will prepare you well for the nursing role of your choice.

You will also complete coursework emphasizing health promotion, disease prevention, health restoration, and health maintenance. The curriculum reflects the current trends in health care, focusing on wellness/illness concepts and the delivery of care in both hospital and community-based settings.

Admission Application Criteria

  • Be admitted to IU as a degree‐seeking student and submit official transcripts from all other universities attended.
  • Complete all pre-requisite courses as detailed below with a C or higher and achieve a minimum weighted admission GPA of 3.0:
    • Successfully complete the following five courses: English Composition, Introductory Psychology, Introductory Sociology, Human Anatomy, and Finite Math (or Calculus). These five courses comprise 65% of the weighted admission score.
    • All applicants must also successfully complete three additional courses: Human Physiology, Speech, and one Arts and Humanities, and/or Cultural Understanding General Education course, and/or MATH-M110 or M111. These courses comprise 35% of the weighted admission score. 
  • In the case of courses with a laboratory component, the didactic and lab are considered one course. The grade earned on the most recent attempt will be used for calculation of GPA for admission purposes.
  • The Human Anatomy, Human Physiology and Microbiology courses must include in-person lab sections. Labs may not be taken online.
  • All courses must be completed by the end of the spring semester.
  • Anatomy, Human Physiology, Finite Math, Microbiology, and Statistics are considered time limited courses for applicants applying to the nursing program. If any of these courses were taken more than seven years prior to the beginning of the nursing program, the applicant must validate the related knowledge and competencies through testing, portfolio, or repeating the course in order to be eligible for admission.
  • Have a social security number and be at least 18 years of age at the time of application.
  • Applicants must gain admission to the nursing program by the third application attempt.
  • Students who have been dismissed from another School of Nursing are not eligible for admission.

Academic Plan

We understand the cost of earning a bachelor’s degree may be a concern, so we have developed an academic plan to help you stay on track so you will graduate on time and within your budget.

Our four-year academic plan for BSN students outlines a path for completing the BSN degree requirements in four years. If you have already completed courses toward other majors, if you are a transfer or part-time student, or if you are required to enroll in developmental coursework (i.e., English composition, math, and/or chemistry), you may need more than four years to finish the BSN degree.

Applying to the IU School of Nursing

The first step in becoming an IU School of Nursing at IU Columbus student is to apply to IU Columbus.

Then, after successfully completing the required "pre-nursing" courses, students can apply for admission to the IU School of Nursing. Please note that satisfying these requirements does NOT automatically guarantee admission to the IU School of Nursing BSN program. 

Applications to the IU School of Nursing at IU Columbus program will open in the spring. Please check back for more information later this fall.